UFC 253 comes packed with fireworks from both inside the octagon and the betting lines as middleweight king Israel Adesanya settles his grudge with the unbeaten destroyer, Paulo Costa. Both fighters are explosive strikers and with ill will all but guaranteeing heated exchanges. Co-headlining are red-hot fighters Dominick Reyes and Jan Blachowicz facing off for the vacant light heavyweight title. Let's break down these fights and see which bets we can cash.
Dolphins vs Steelers Preview and Prediction
Since starting the season at 4-5, the Steelers went on a hot streak and won their final seven games finishing at 11-5 and winning their second AFC North title in three years.
The defense isn't what it used to be but it was still solid and finished in the top-12 in both yards and points allowed per game. The Dolphins became the AFC's surprise team finishing 10-6 including a 30-15 Week 7 win over the Steelers themselves. Losing Ryan Tannehill is a blow but breakout star Jay Ajayi ripped 200 yards on the Steelers before and if he can do it again this game will be a fireworks display as the Steelers have arguably the best three-headed monster in the league: two-time Superbowl-winning quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is joined by the best wide receiver-running back tandem in Antonio Brown and Le'Veon Bell.
Miami Dolphins vs Pittsburgh Steelers
The phrase "fight fire with fire" isn't smart advice for Dolphins head coach Adam Gase as the Steelers have them outmanned and outgunned in nearly all offensive categories.
Jay Ajayi stands out as their best player on offense and quarterback Matt Moore may be playoff-inexperienced but he can still sling a wicked rock and has some of the best wide receivers led by Jarvis Landry fresh off his second straight 1,000-yard season. The Steelers finally get Bell in the postseason. The prolific running back was hurt the last two playoff trips and is a game changer with how dynamic he is on offense.
Dolphins at Steelers NFL Wild Card Prediction
Bet Pittsburgh Steelers (-550)
They aren't our fathers' Steelers but still captained by "Big" Ben Roethlisberger at the helm they should pull this one out. The Steelers have become more of an offensive juggernaut as opposed to the classic defensive monster that won two Superbowls in the new millennium but Big Ben was the same quarterback of those teams and with two all-world talents in Le'Veon Bell and Antonio Brown, they are tough to bet against.
The Dolphins returning to the playoffs is a feel-good story for the fans in Miami but their inexperience and Matt Moore taking the snaps doesn't bode well for them.
NFL Playoffs 2017 Fixtures and Odds
It's all a matter of good timing as the NFL Playoffs arrive just as winter is hitting its peak. Minus temperatures should encourage football fans to stay indoors with either beer or hot chocolate in hand to enjoy the action as this weekend's Wildcard games wrap up.
Next week, the action continues with the divisional round as the top seeds like the New England Patriots and Dallas Cowboys get in on the action and you can bet the betting lines will ramp up with how immensely popular both franchises are. Folks head over to the top online sportsbooks where they get great betting lines with very little betting restrictions and tons of perks like a signup bonus of up to $200 in cash value.
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